Oliver Lazarus

Takeaway Associate Producer

Oliver Lazarus appears in the following:

The Top Risks of 2016

Monday, January 04, 2016

From ISIS to the refugee crisis, The Takeaway looks ahead to what experts have deemed to be the most pressing and urgent geopolitical risks of the new year. 


Historic Floods in the Midwest

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Unusual winter flooding in Missouri this week has left dozens dead, and forced the evacuation of a number of towns. 


Even With New Year Increases, The Minimum Wage Is Nearly Impossible to Live On

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In 2016, fourteen states are increasing their minimum wage. But for many workers, it'll still be difficult to get by on the minimum wage, even after these increases.

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Inside The Government's Secret Surveillance Catalogue

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The U.S. government has a multitude of tools and devices that our military and intelligence agencies use to collect data from cell phones.

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The Tamir Rice Case: A Community Looks to Heal

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A grand jury in Cleveland has decided not to press charges against the police officers involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. 

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How Debt Buyers Created a $100 Billion Industry

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

If you found yourself reeling at the banking and lending practices that led to the catastrophic implosion of the U.S. housing market, you may be distressed to hear this story.


China Cozies Up to Africa

Thursday, December 03, 2015

While many Western leaders are in Paris to discuss climate change, Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with African leaders to bolster ties with their largest trading partner.


Troops Free 900 Hostages in Victory Against Boko Haram

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Over 900 hostages held by Boko Haram were freed by multinational forces in Cameroon last week. The operation also killed over 100 Boko Haram fighters, and 100 more were arrested.


Claims of Police Cover Up May Undo Chicago Mayor

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

A newly-released video shows a young man being gunned down by police in Chicago. Did delaying its release save the mayor's job?

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Your Life in Three Songs

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The WBEZ talk show "Morning Shift" challenged listeners and guests to sum up their lives in three songs. The Takeaway and our listeners take on the challenge. 

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Congress Reacts to Refugees, Avoids Visas

Thursday, November 19, 2015

While politicians debate over 10,000 Syrian refugees, 20 million people visit the U.S. per year without a visa. We look at how Congress politicizes one issue, but ignores another. 

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The Failures of French Intelligence

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In the buildup and aftermath of the Paris attacks, French intelligence and security forces made a number of missteps. 

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How Politicians Are Reacting to the Paris Attacks

Monday, November 16, 2015

With the G20 summit on Sunday and Monday, as well as domestic political debates over the weekend, the attacks in Paris are being discussed by a number of lawmakers at home and abroad.

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Changing the Way We Think About Floods

Friday, November 13, 2015

America's current flood forecasting system measures one stream for every hundred there are in a given area. Researchers at UT Austin are looking to change that. 


First Time Political Losers and Winners

Thursday, November 12, 2015

After their October and November elections, The Takeaway checks back in with the first-time political candidates profiled as part of our series, "The Rookies."


The Beginning of The End for The Syrian Civil War?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet over the weekend in Vienna to discuss a diplomatic solution to end the conflict in Syria.  


School Discipline: From Corporal Punishment to Mediation

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Traditional discipline practices have been shown to be ineffective and discriminatory. Now, educators are experimenting with restorative models that empower students and their community.

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How the Cold War Created Modern Sports Doping

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Russia's doping problem extends beyond its boundaries, and has deep roots in Cold War-era politics. 

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The Russian Jet Crash: Capturing the Terror Narrative

Friday, November 06, 2015

As details surrounding the Metrojet crash continue to emerge, officials are being forced to consider whether this act of terror will force the U.S. to reshape its strategy in the region.

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Imagine Your Town Without Police

Thursday, November 05, 2015

After all the problems with police this past year, a town in Florida is considering the question: What if we were to get rid of police entirely? 

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